Introduction- Everyone needs a braid at some time in their life - whether to finish off a beautifully handcrafted project or just to tie things together.
How to use this book- The book is divided into two parts. To begin with you will find useful information on yarns and beads and all of the core techniques required to make the braids shown in the book. The Braid and Trim Collection is divided into smaller sections showing examples of braids that have been twisted, knotted, looped, woven, braided, or ply-split.
Yarns- Narrow wares can be made from any fiber or thread. Each different texture will produce a different result, so you can get just the effect you are after.
Beads- There are many different types of beads available today. They come in a whole range of shapes, sizes, and materials.
Section One: Techniques- Before you can begin to create your own beautiful braids, you need to discover the basic techniques involved in twisting, knotting, interlooping, weaving, braiding, and ply-split darning.
- Twisting- Twisting elements together is one of the oldest and most basic textile techniques.
- Knotting- Broadly speaking, knotting is a technique where elements make loops, and the ends of the elements are then taken through these loops and tightened.
- Interlooping- Interlooping can be made with one or more elements and covers techniques such as crochet and knitting. Simple narrow wares using one or two loops can easily be made with your fingers.
- Weaving- Weaving is made from a warp and weft. The warp is a group of elements that work from the top to bottom of the weaving, running parallel to the outer edges, while the weft lies perpendicular to these edges, and works its way back and forth across the warp threads.
- Braiding- A wide range of different braiding techniques have developed all over the world, including "Kumihimo" from Japan, "Slentre" from Denmark, and "Tili" from the Middle East.
- Ply-split darning- Ply-splitting is the process of taking an element between the plies of a twisted cord. The technique can be used to make either a braid structure or a "warp twined" structure.
- Working with beads- Threads and beads make wonderful combinations. The hard, shiny, lustrous quality of the bead contrast against the soft, textural qualities of thread, providing unique design possibilities.
- Beginnings and ends- Many of the samples shown in this book will unravel if he ends are not secured. It is normal to make a temporary tie (with thread or even sticky tape) before taking the time to make a more permanent fixing.
- Using narrow wares- Narrow wares can be put to many uses, either as a finishing touch to other projects, or as items in their own right.
Section Two: The Braid and Trim Collection- The braids within this collection are grouped together in smaller sections of Twisting, Knotting, Loopwork, Weaving, Braiding, and Ply-split darning.
- Braid and trim selector- All of the braids featured in the book appear on the following pages. Just pick the one you'd like to make and turn to the page number for more information.
- Twisting- Simple twisted cords are an easy introduction for the beginner, yet beautiful results can be created by combining colors and textures in different ways.
- Knotting- Variations of functional knots create interesting results. Begin with the simpler varieties such as overhand knots and progress onto more challenging knots like the crown sinnets.
- Loopwork- You can use your fingers if you are creating a simple narrow ware with one of two loops. More complicated loops can be made using a lucet or knitting spool.
- Weaving- Create woven bands of different sizes using simple techniques. Altering the thickness of the warp or weft elements, and incorporating beads into the designs produces interesting results.
- Braiding- Braids can be created with any number of elements from three of above. Experiment with different yarns in different starting positions and watch your results change.
- Ply-split darning- This is an unusual technique made from a weft element running through the plies of twisted cords. If possible, try to use handmade two-ply cords as these give a more satisfactory overall result.